Smovey Benefits for Parkinson's Disease


The inventor of smovey and the Vibroswing-System is Johann “Salzhans” Salzwimmer. Full of energy and enjoying life, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the end of the 1990s. He accepted his diagnosis, but known throughout the Steyr/Ennstal region as an outstanding tennis player and skier, he began to rapidly develop a method to stabilize his condition. The result of this research was the Vibroswing-System and the movement and lifestyle bearing the name “smovey.”

A healthy life following the example of Mother Nature: He has succeeded over the years to maximize his quality of life while minimizing his dependence on medicine.

He also stays true to his mantra:

“The power of fluid movement – and the strength of natural rest.”

smovey VIBROSWING-System inventor  Johann Salzwimmer  Nickname “Salzhans”

with Bernd Zimmermann Representative of smoveyNorthAmerica


Salzhans was a full-time athlete and his life changed abruptly in 1996. At the time he was in Canada, helicopter skiing. He noticed for the very first time that there was something wrong with his body. Back home in Austria he received a staggering diagnosis: terminal Parkinson's. His condition deteriorated so rapidly between 1996 and 2004 that he could not even handle the movements required in everyday life. He could not use a knife and fork to eat, could not shower, use the toilet, or dress himself. Because of this, he was declared fit for assisted living.

Despite all of this, Salzhans never lost his courage to face life and continued to try to move through everyday life and even tried to play tennis again. During and after tennis, he started noticing that his symptoms were less noticeable than they were at the beginning. He observed this more and more and began to think. He watches the swinging motion of his favorite player, Boris Becker, during serves. He copied these motions and realized that his physical improvement was due to the movements associated with serving, backhand, and forehand swings in tennis.


"Why am I only experiencing these results during tennis?" thought Hans, and from this point forward he decided wherever he went, he would have his tennis racquets in his hands. The effects were not particularly clear. Because of this he attempted to increase the benefits by attaching pieces of garden hose to the heads of the racquets and filled them with balls. This design also did not fulfill the image he had in his mind (and which also could not physically function). After many experiments and trials, he was able, through the help of a friend, to create the first closed swinging system from a specially-designed hose and steel balls. An unexpected side effect were these vibrations, which today play a much more significant role.

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In December 2006 was the kickoff meeting in Vienna, and from this moment forward, the small family company expanded into an international powerhouse. To this day, not only has the smovey Vibroswing-System expanded, but the value of experience and the scientific knowledge, surrounding smovey has grown enormously every day. Since the beginning of 2008, the smovey corporation has carved out a significant niche in Austria's health and wellness sector. In addition to the smovey Vibroswing, the product line consists of the Bellicon Mini-trampoline and the Liv-Aid Pads. The holistic (preventative and rehabilitative) movements and health are the focal points of the whole product line. Every product can individually contribute to the improvement of the physical, mental, spiritual, and social aspect of life. The combination of these products together creates new challenges and opportunities.

A healthy life following the example of Mother Nature: Maximizing the quality of life while minimizing dependence on medicine.

Neurologic Benefits


Parkinson‘s is a complex motorical disorder caused by an obstruction in the part of the motor nervous system that is responsible for background movements such as gestures and facial expressions. This system also controls repetitive movements, as needed for walking.

We still go on fours, swinging counter synchronious with the arms. This resonance is reduced unilaterally when beeing affected by Parkinson‘s. This leads to a destabilization of the entire body and to a failure in the symmetry of movement and the body axis. Through regular exercise with the smovey the uniform resonance of the arms is trained and thus leads to an induced stabilization.

Normally people do all of our manual work in a small physical area of about 60 cm wide, which usualy is just in front of our body, hardly ever reaching a high above horizontal or above. Since we are not in the maximum position the joints allow, the joint capsules begin to shrink and freedom of movement is further decreased. By swinging into the maximum allowed joint position your body is able to improved its freedom of movement rapidly. This is usualy practiced concerning all three spatial axis of movement.

A cardinal symptom of Parkinson‘s is twitching. In practice it has been found that the the passage of four balls in a corrugated tube lead to a vibration of about 60 Hz – a frequency that is somewhat natural to our organism. People suffering from Parkinson's report, that this leads to a significant decrease of twitching.

Since it is the "axial symptoms" of Parkinson's like latitude, change of direction, lie down and roll over in bed, that are seldom positively influenced by medication, regular training with the "magic rings" have an essential importance. The principle applies to ALL neurological diseases associated with a movement disorder. Concerning Parkinson‘s disease and failure of background movement, smovey® is an integral part of therapy.

Prim. Dr. Dieter Volc

Vienna, 1st of August 2012


Carol W. is a certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer, Orthopedic Specialist & Mind/Body Specialist through the American Council on Exercise. She has taught T’ai Chi and Qigong for the past 25 years. Carol is one of only a handful of fully certified Essentrics instructors in the U.S. having studied in Montreal with Miranda Esmonde-White, the program originator. All of this previous and continuing education has provided the basis for development and ever changing of “New Pathways for Parkinson’s” Exercise Group. Carol has been teaching the program for over 16 years and move it to Las Cruses, NM in 2016. Her free class will be streaqmed soon on Parkinson’s can cause back issues and muscle cramps in legs and the program concentrates on stretching actively. Miranda’s stretching and flexibility DVDs from her PBS series (Season 11 & 12) can be found on the internet.